posted by Tim Molino
in Intellectual Property December 3, 2013
The US House of Representatives is set to vote this week on the Innovation Act (H.R. 3309), an important bipartisan bill that would curb abusive patent litigation by reducing the financial incentive for bad actors to engage in it.
BSA urges Members of Congress to support the bill.
We have laid out the case for balanced patent reform along with a detailed analysis of the Innovation Act on PatentPrinciples.org. For a great overview of why the bill is needed, we would also encourage everyone to watch this video from Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), the bill’s sponsor:
posted by Jodie Kelley
in Cloud Computing
, Piracy November 5, 2013
Cloud computing offers businesses the prospect of immense benefits — lower IT costs, greater operational efficiency, and increased protection against malware to name a few. For IT managers looking to reap these benefits, a key step should be implementing effective software asset management (SAM) practices. That is the somewhat surprising conclusion of a new BSA study released today.
“Navigating the Cloud — Why Software Asset Management is More Important than Ever” details how SAM helps to unlock the potential of the cloud. Conventional wisdom had been that there’s no need to worry about license compliance or other SAM concerns in the cloud. But it turns out that as more and more organizations shift their computing resources to the cloud, businesses that understand that SAM is just as critical and beneficial in the cloud as it is in traditional IT environments will have a competitive advantage. (more…)
It comes as no surprise that conversations about data protection are dominating capitals around the world. Unfortunately, those conversations are being twisted in a way that confuses the issues at hand and threatens policies like the EU-US Safe Harbor Agreement that help deliver the benefits at the core of the digital economy.
This situation is the product of the collision of two related — but separate — realms of data privacy, commercial data privacy and government access to data. While nations are moving quickly to establish a policy framework for a global cloud computing network that will connect businesses and consumers to products, services, and markets around the world, this summer’s disclosures of national surveillance practices have significantly heightened user and government concerns about access to data generally. (more…)
A quiet battle of wills has broken out among European policymakers who are pushing competing visions for how to capitalize on the most significant wave of innovation now underway in information technology: cloud computing.
All agree that by creating a new, more efficient architecture for computing, the cloud offers vast economic benefits. It lets enterprises avoid the cost of buying and maintaining some of the IT hardware and software they need to run their operations. Instead, they can have their computing resources delivered over the Internet, as infinitely scalable services. For established companies, this creates cost savings that can be reinvested in the core business. For smaller startups, it represents one less obstacle on the path to growth. (more…)
Earlier this month, BSA member Microsoft partnered with the FBI and law enforcement authorities in more than 80 countries to break up a huge cybercrime ring that had managed to steal an estimated $500 million from bank accounts in the United States, Europe and Hong Kong. The perpetrators carried out their crimes by infecting millions of PCs with a virus that effectively turned them into zombies and then conscripted them into the service of malicious computer networks known as Citadel botnets. All told, the Microsoft-FBI–led enforcement operation took down 1,400 of these botnets. (more…)
posted by Tim Molino
in Cybersecurity May 30, 2013
With last month’s House passage of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), the cybersecurity debate has now moved to the Senate, albeit quietly, as attention in the upper chamber has been intently focused on immigration. This lull in activity presents an opportunity for Senators to take stock of improvements that were made to the bill as it advanced through the House and begin forging agreement on what still needs to be done before the legislative process is over.
They begin in a good place, because there is widespread agreement (more…)
BSA has long highlighted the ways properly licensed software creates value for enterprises and economies. For example, a body of research shows that fully licensed software improves productivity and efficiency by reducing exposure to viruses and other security vulnerabilities — meaning fewer system malfunctions, downtime, and IT repair costs. It also comes with value-added services such as access to upgrades, patches, and manufacturer support services, including training and problem resolution. (more…)
There are a number of reasons the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) holds the potential to be a significant agreement. Not least of these is the fact that the United States and European Union together account for half the world’s output and a third of all trade. But when all is said and done, the most significant aspect of a US-EU trade pact could turn out to be its impact on global commerce and trade in the kinds of products and services that rely on exchanging information digitally.
As digital products and services like cloud computing roll out in markets around the world, data flows increasingly have become the lifeblood of companies large and small. Whether they are selling digital technologies or using them, companies operating in the global economy need to transmit data across borders. The TTIP can establish trade rules that stimulate this digital trade across the Atlantic — and set a precedent for the rest of the world. (more…)
Software today is woven through the entire fabric of modern life — and yet software innovation continues to explode in exciting new directions, driven by dynamic forces such as cloud and mobile computing. That’s why, as I step down this week as CEO of BSA, I am optimistic about the industry’s future. Looking forward, I believe the next few decades hold even more potential for innovation and growth than we have already seen up to this point.
April 26 is World Intellectual Property Day, the day the World Intellectual Property Organization sets aside every year to promote discussion of the role IP plays in driving innovation, creativity, social progress and economic growth. But in truth, robust discussions of these issues are already well underway. (more…)